Mitchell Clute

Lessons from big retail stores going small
What can independent natural products retailers learn from small-format stores rolled out by Walmart and Tesco?
Sales of third party-certified products explode
Consumer demand for certification labels beyond organic is on the rise. New data from Schaumburg, Ill.-based market research firm SPINS shows that in 2010 non-GMO, fair trade and whole grain led the way.
Converting 'crossover' consumers into lifelong natural product shoppers
Experts offer tips on how to turn new parents, gluten-free shoppers and vegetarians and vegans into loyal natural, organic and healthy product customers.
Natural retailers well positioned to weather inflation
High food prices might hurt natural retailers less than mass
Food prices hit 36-year high 4
Food costs jumped 3.9 percent in February. Will they continue to rise and how is the increase affecting natural products retailers and consumers?
Expo West 2011 Retail Store Tour
Preview of four stores on Expo West's tour
Clean goes green in the laundry aisle
Be it premium or bargain, natural or mainstream, laundry detergent is a product shoppers will continually put in their carts.
Where to dine when you're in Anaheim for Expo West 2011 2
Anaheim, California—restaurant mecca? Maybe not, but the choices keep getting better. Orange County food writer, blogger and reviewer Anita Lau offers her 10 favorite places to eat near the Anaheim Convention Center. Make your reservations now!
Henry's, Sprouts reunited in merger
Under the new deal, Apollo Global Management, a leading private equity firm, will gain a majority stake in Sprouts, while the Boney family, founders of both chains, will operate all stores.
Why retailers should look for third-party certifications on herbal supplements
Mitch Coven tells Natural Foods Merchandiser why GMPs and testing are currently not enough to guarantee herbal ingredient quality.
Innovations in the frozen-food aisle
Homemade meets high tech in new freezer offerings
Naturally Boulder awards showcase innovation
Boulder has long considered itself the heart of the natural products industry, with dozens of naturals companies headquartered there, including industry pioneers like Celestial Seasonings and White Wave. Several recent events helped keep Boulder companies in the public eye.
The new USDA
Though not everything the natural products industry wished for has come true, marks for the U.S. Department of Agriculture under President Obama are generally positive.
Natural vs. mainstream pet food
Everybody’s doing it: Cheetos went “natural,” Tyson sells organic and now even Friskies and Purina are joining the booming natural market. How do these mainstream brands measure up?
Trends in pet food: new flavors and nutritional ingredients 5
Catering to a new species of foodie.
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